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February 16, 2023

The 2023 American Film Showcase (AFS) Documentary Workshop

The Embassy of the United States of America in Malawi is seeking emerging documentary filmmakers for the 2023 American Film Showcase (AFS) Documentary Workshop at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) in Los Angeles.  In June 2023, the American Film Showcase will welcome twelve emerging documentary filmmakers from across the globe for an intensive, all expenses paid, 10-day documentary development and pitch workshop.  The AFS Documentary Workshop will immerse filmmakers in the craft of documentary storytelling with a multi-day development workshop led by renowned SCA faculty.  Arriving with documentary works-in-progress, filmmakers will spend intensive sessions developing the story structure and character development with documentary experts, culminating in a pitch session for key industry professionals in the American documentary community.  We will prioritize applicants between the ages of 25 and 40 but younger candidates with exceptional work and strong application package may be considered.

Interested candidates should send an application package including:

  • 500-word personal statement
  • 1-paragraph to 1-page description of current documentary in research, development or production phase
  • CV
  • Online links to work-in-progress documentary footage (preferred), previously produced documentary or narrative work


Applications should be sent to LilongwePAS@state.gov by February 27, 2023.


Further information about the American Film Showcase (AFS) Documentary Workshop is available at https://americanfilmshowcase.com/.